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Eider ducks with young.

The eider is a remarkable species of duck. Quite apart from its propensity for producing eider down for eiderdowns, egg brooding and the early care of chicks is left entirely to the drab females (right). In our local case, this takes place exclusively on the Farne Islands: as soon as the whole brood is complete Mum leads a hazardous expedition onto the sea and navigates to coastal shallows, with Seahouses harbour a regular favourite. Dad (left) seems proud but isn't a lot of use at this stage.

Not yet at their best at the end of May our orchids (Dactylorhiza purpurella) on dunes and golf course foretell the arrival of summer. Thrift or sea pink (right) flourishes even closer to salt-laden cliffs and beaches.
* That's the spelling according to Wikipedia!

Holiday village scenes.
Seahouses was again fortunate in enjoying a dry holiday weekend with strong sunshine from time to time. Reflecting its popularity over a wide area, car parks, streets and the harbour area were soon abuzz with folk enjoying themselves. Many headed for the boat booking cabins for their trips out to the Farne Islands or the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Refreshment times provided a wide range of facilities and menus on offer.

An email has been sent to seahouseswebsite reading, "The London based band Troyka have named two tracks on their new CD Bamburgh and Seahouses . LINK. My warmest regards, Chris".
The link is to an Amazon site. "find seahouses" reveals a 4.07 track costing 79p, described lower down the page as "a delicate work of instrumental post-rock, a hybrid of Mogwai and Durutti Column-like melody and atmosphere with the last word going to a symphony of arpeggiating 8bit synths that leaves you wanting to start the album all over again" - for those in the know.

Holiday village scenes.
Visitors to Seahouses and its surrounding areas found plenty of sunshine and a good choice of activities. There was the annual Rotary car boot sale down at the Hub, both indoors and out. Seaside options included the ever-popular boat trips to the Farne Islands or further north to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Rock pools are many and varied, easy of access at low-water times. There are always the shopping options of course, or the variable sophistication of miniature golf. Cameras were much in evidence, both in the village and around the wider area. Making the most of an organised Coastal Walk, two hundred and ninety-seven folk opted for Shepherds Walks Bamburgh-to-Alnmouth "Northumberland Coastal Challenge".

Easter Sunday.
Not a hundred percent dry, but Seahouses visitors were able to enjoy sunshine for the greater part of the Easter weekend: Sunday was cloudless but Monday took its time to clear away the morning fog. Lots of folk came along to sample the delights of the village, its harbour activities, and island or offshore trips. Fortunately the chap in the flying easy chair did not actually drop in.


The Maundy Thursday start of the Easter celebrations, itself the beginning of the tourist season for many, was blessed with clear sunshine initially, albeit with a chilly breeze. Visitors were quick to explore the village shops and the harbour with its booking offices for Farne Island and diving or angling trips.
The harbourside booking offices.


A new addition has been made to the range of Seahouses-specific goods on sale around the village. Elegant white porcelain mugs bear an imprint of a fully active harbour against a background of the grass slope and the actual 'sea houses' of Harbour Road and Crewe Street. Supplies are available from "Drift" at number 20 and "Polka Dot" opposite at 29 Main Street.
Seahouses mugs.

The Seahouses Tea Towel.

For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price around £4.99 each.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
Golf balls.. Cottages shop.Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages
46 Main Street, Seahouses
For the RNLI
local website
national website.
Sue Ryder shop.Sue Ryder Care
11 Main Street, Seahouses
For Sue Ryder
local website
national website.
The Pet Shop.The Pet Shop
17 Main Street, Seahouses
For the Berwick Swan
and Wildlife Trust

their website

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